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RATINGS: 838   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
Our handmade Estate Ale highlights the flavors of home. From the sun-drenched fields of California’s North Valley comes our Estate Ale. It’s rich with the flavors of the valley—hops with earthy, grapefruit-like flavors and layered spicy aromas, and barley with mild sweetness and smooth, toasted flavors. Enjoy this remarkable homegrown ale, made with organic wet hops and barley grown at our brewery in Chico, and one of the few estate-made ales produced anywhere in the world. Together, these crops grow alongside the brewery to make a truly unique brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6935) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2008
22 oz bottle from Binny’s (Orland Park, IL). I had this rating typed out before the downage, and I lost it since. This beer I remember having a very appealing appearance, big cakey offwhite head that stuck around through the entire tasting. Aromas were a little light, resiny and citrusy, but not over powering. Taste was dissappointing. Underpowered without an overbearing malt backbone. Simply underpowered. Still, was very sessionable and atleast drank smoothly. No off notes, just weaker. Cheers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle into tulip. Pours a nice dark amber, just a bit hazy, with a big, fluffy off-white head. Lotta nice lacing. Nose is a bit of citrus in the form of orange rind, mixed with some prickly pine resin and an unexpected alcohol presence. Flavor is nice and balanced; the hop presence up front is prickly, a bit medicinal, but well balanced by a crisply sweet biscuit malt note. Certainly, hints of citrus coming out also, but the hop character is really more represented by a big, resiney, slightly antiseptic bitterness. Slightly vegetal towards the finish as well. The bitterness kinda of sits on the palate, and leaves the tongue a bit tingly. Mouthfeel - Medium body, full, with a nice creamy carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (5861) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 2, 2008
Bottle pours out a nice crisp copper topped with a cream sand head. Aroma of fresh citrus hops. Tast a nice malt and good hop mix. A tasty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ahalloin (54) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2008
On tap at the Brickskeller in DC. Poured a clear reddish copper color with decent head and great lacing and what I would call the quintessential Sierra Nevada head. Consistent every time! Aroma has slight hints of brown sugar backed by citrus and bitter hop flower. There is a slight sweetness at the outset of the flavor but then a blunt (as opposed to sharp) hops taste dominates the silky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2008
24oz bottle. Pours clear copper with a thck and creamy off-white head. Aroma resiny hops, citrus and caramel malts. Flavor is well balanced between hops and malt. Flavor is resiny hops, citrus and pine. Good amount of caramel malts. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finishes bitter. Really like the wet hopped harvest ale. Cheers to SN for growing their own hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Nice pour, a clear brassy amber with a tall head and much lace. The aroma’s a nice blending of citrus and floral hops with caramelly malts. Very balanced flavor which also benefits from some resinous pine on the hop side. Not an aggresive IPA by any means, but tasty. The finish has a touch of sweetness followed by a mildly dry bitterness. Sessionable stuff, here.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Bottle (2008)… Beautiful, clear, deep amber ale with a large, frothy, off-white head. Fantastic retention. Floral, citrusy, evergreen nose with a nice dose of caramel. Medium to full-bodied with middling carbonation. A sturdy caramel/Munich, nutty malt backbone provides the foundation for a boatload of earthy, citrusy, juicy hop bitterness. Lengthy, bittersweet finish… the bitterness carries on long after the sweetness has faded. Kudos to smokepot23 for shipping this bottle my way!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jokeefe80 (4) - Natick, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 28, 2008 does not count
Nice clarity in he body, with a nice thick white head, and excellent lacing. The fresh citrus aromas of the wet hops really come through. The flavor is a bit weak, and mild in comparison to the aroma. The mouthfeel is a bit too malty. Solid IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2008
24oz Bottle from Kan Presents: Fresh Hops - a blind tasting. Pours an orange red with a soapy off white head. Fresh caramelized malts piney hops. Caramelized malt flavors. Apples, sweet caramels, citrus, oranges, and pine with smooth carbonation. Bitter yet cloying. That grassy cloying finish is not too enjoyable. 7/4/7/3/14 = 3.5

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nik925 (786) - USA - OCT 26, 2008
Strong pairing of hop and malt. Amazing hop flavor, all the wonderful fresh hop flavors you expect but strong grass notes. S.N. has mastered brewing with fresh hops and its cool that they planted their own supply. October is the best beer month due in large part to them. 1 slight criticism, this one has a bit too much malt thickness on the mouth feel.

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